NMB TN Newsletter – Nov 2012

NMB Transition Network Newsletter – November 2012

The year is almost at a close. Our regular activities are done for 2012 and we’ll resume again with them in the new year. We’ve decided its best to have our next Happy Harvesters gathering in January rather than trying to rush to organize one for early December when there is already plenty happening.

Renewable Energy Centre (which a few from our NMB TN team are involved with) have begun work with community members from the informal settlements in the Seaview area, providing basic permaculture training and working towards making their community more sustainable. Here is a photo from Ryan’s workshop with them which focused on the ethics and principles of permaculture as well as zone planning. At the end of the day they were asked to draw some of what they had learnt or information they felt was important.

We’ve partnered up with Kingfisher FM to do regular interviews on air about green issues in the metro. Our first segment just introduced the NMB Transition Network, the how, what and why of what we are doing. This week we spoke about urban agriculture in the metro. We’ve been involved with a few things on that front. To encourage folks to start growing their own food, last year we ran a number of food gardening workshops. This year we have mostly just promoted the workshops organized by Urban Harvest on regular basis.
We feel urban agriculture is not just about growing food in the city, but also bringing together those that are doing it. Thats where our Happy Harvesters gathering comes in. We’ve had two gatherings so far. Out of the last one, a group got together last week to chat about the idea of a small community seed bank, and will be meeting again this weekend to discuss it more and do some seed swapping. We’re looking forward to seeing this grow into a real asset for food growers in and around the metro.
We were also involved with doing an urban agriculture survey earlier in the year in parts of Motherwell, assessing the sustainability (or rather lack thereof) of food growing projects in the area.

So tune in to Kingfisher FM (103.8 and 107.5fm) on Wednesday mornings, 10:30am, for our chats with Gareth Burley. Also catch the Green Hour every Monday from 1-2pm. Next week Gareth chats with Organic Footprints!

WESSA and the BVCP (Baakens Valley Community Partnership) will be hosting its 4th annual Carols by Candlelight event in Settlers Park (How Avenue, off Park Drive).  This will be on Saturday 1st December 2011, starting at 6pm till 9pm.  We invite families to enjoy picnicking on the lawns; with local signing stars Niqui Cloete-Barrass and Marlize Kruger, and church and children’s choirs leading traditional and contemporary carols.  The public can also donate toys for a local orphanage.  Enquiries: Morgan Griffiths, WESSA, 041 585-9606 or morgan@wessaep.co.za

The Valley Harvest Nursery in 6th Avenue Walmer is now open too. This is Port Elizabeth’s 1st Organic nursery. We supply products for organic gardening. At present we offer units for recycling your household waste, units for making your own compost, worms and worm farms, concentrated microbes, organic fertilizers, box gardens, cages, aviaries and cat enclosures etc and seedlings and plants (Organic seeds are also available). They’ll be having their first Market of fresh organic products starts on the Saturday 1st December. We will be asking community members who would like to contribute fruit and vegetables for this market to contact Trevin vd Walt on 083 4547 047 or email trevin.vanderwalt@gmail.com.

Coming up is also Honeyville Ecovillage’s next Permaculture Design Course in December. You can find more details of that here:

Target Market details

Another two markets happening in the first week of December are the Target Market on 6 Dec (2 Target Kloof), and the Granary Market on 5 Dec (Stanley Str, Richmond Hill). Both start at 4pm and will have a variety of stalls from fashion, art and craft, to tasty food and drink.

There is also the Oh!41 Creative Hub Market  tomorrow (Sat 24 Nov) starting at 9h30am at 2 Havelock Square, Central. Look for the lime green building.

Thank you to everyone for the support through the year. Next year we want to step up our game and will be calling on you to be more involved. Its your city, your movement. So until then, have a blessed Christmas and see you in 2013!

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